Condors fall at home for first time since November, 6-3
Travel to division rival Stockton on Wednesday
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (18-15-1-0, 37pts) had a five-game home winning streak snapped at the hands of the Idaho Steelheads (15-15-2-5, 35pts) in front of 6,618 fans at Rabobank Arena on Saturday night.The loss also puts an end to the Condors four-game winning streak.
The Steelheads reversed their fortunes from a night earlier, striking twice in the opening period to lead 2-0. LW Cody Purves and F Kael Mouillierat both scored for the visitors. The Condors led 11-9 in shots, and G Brian Stewart received his first start for the Condors between the pipes.
Bakersfield rallied twice in a wild middle frame to tie it up. RW Pascal Morency scored twice in the span of 1:34 early in the second stanza. After an Idaho goal at 10:13 to regain the lead, Bakersfield again responded, with C Pete Zingoni blasting home a power play marker at 12:05 to make it 3-3.
The third period tie was finally broken up when D Steve Oleksy converted a power play by blasting a shot over the left shoulder of Stewart to give Idaho a 4-3 lead with 7:07 left in the game. The lead was increased to 5-3 at 17:20 when C Matt McKnight tallied his second of the year. F Aki Seitsonen added an empty-netter to give Idaho the 6-3 victory.
G Brian Stewart made his first appearance for Bakersfield making 31 saves… RW Pascal Morency became the third Condors forward to reach double digits in goals this season. He accomplished the feat in just 15 games… C Pete Zingoni scored for the second straight night and has scored in both games since returning to the Condors, and has 6 points in those two games… The loss tonight was the first for the Condors on home ice in 42 days, dating back to Nov. 27… Power plays: BAK: 1/4, IDH: 2/5… Three Stars: 1. S. Oleksy (IDH); 2. P. Morency (BAK); 3. S. Trukhno (BAK).
The Condors head out on the road to take on the Stockton Thunder on Wednesday at 7 p.m. They return home on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14. On Friday night against Alaska they welcome World Series pitcher and Bakersfield native Colby Lewis, sponsored by My 45 and KUZZ 107.9. He will sign autographs in the Condors Photo Booth. On Saturday at noon the Condors host the Ontario Reign and welcome Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, straight from Jellystone Park and right to the Condors Photo Booth, courtesy of Bright House Networks and 101.5 KGFM.
Individual tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, with extended hours on game and event days. You can also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages start at just $31.
Tickets for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic, to be held in Bakersfield on Jan. 26, 2011, are on sale now. Mini plans are available as well; visit www.echlallstarclassic.com for further details on the event. Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK(7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.